You know what you have to be thankful for as we head into America's biggest day of thanks? That this week was a really great week of television! How good was it? Just look at all the people holding guns in the "Swell" section! As you begin your stomach-stretching exercises to prepare for that sixth helping of mashed potatoes you'll be cramming on Thursday, take a look at what we thought was akin to Grandma's homemade stuffing (yum!) and what was your crazy Aunt Caroline's lima bean and liverwurst casserole (ugh!) this week.
... Marcy the Realtor on American Horror Story
This vaguely racist, homophobic, and definitely off-kilter real estate agent is the first character to pose a threat to Jessica Lange's reign of campiness, and we love campiness.
... Opie finding Piney on Sons of Anarchy
[Slight spoiler if you aren't caught up on Sons of Anarchy] Is it possible to hand out an Emmy for 60 seconds of work? Though he's been great all series long, Ryan Hurst's spectrum of grief, confusion, and blood-boiling anger upon finding his on-sceen father dead was perfect. Just another example of how this macho show can also be one of the most emotional dramas on television.
... The League's spot-on guest-casting for its Thanksgiving episode Sarah Silverman dropped by as Andre's slutty sister and reminisced with Andre's friends about how she taught them everything they know about sex. Then they reminded Andre that they taught him everything THEY know about sex, meaning Andre learned everything he knows about sex from his sister. Gross. Jeff Goldblum also appeared, as Ruxin's dad, and we're pretty sure he and Nick Kroll are actually father and son. Or at least clone and mini-clone.
... Homeland's amazing, "gamechanger" episode
People throw that term around, but Episode 7 gave us a huge twist that would make a tornado dizzy and really did turn the series on its head. Brody and Carrie had amazing scenes throughout, but the final scene where she grilled him at the cabin was one of the best we've seen in a long time. This series has gotten better each week.
... Jeff Winger as Dean Pelton on Community Joel McHale got a chance to show off his skills as an impersonator when he put on a bald cap, donned some some glasses, and pranced around like a weirdo in this week's episode. And he did good. Really good.
... Schmidt and CeCe on New Girl
Over the past two episodes, two of the show's least-developed characters have suddenly become two of the best. Their burgeoning mutual infatuation is as ridiculous as it is endearing. We're on board for Cemidht or SchmiCe. Okay, maybe they're not perfect for each other, but they're Swell nonetheless.
... Work of Art's Lola and Michelle twirling their villain mustaches
In Wednesday's episode, the aforementioned bee-yotches were actually encouraging people to "tag" (that's street-talk for graffiti) their competition's work! That's straight-up gangsta, yo!
... Demi and Ashton, no mas!
We were so shocked it lasted this long that we thought it might actually be forever, and we'll miss one of Hollywood's weirdest couples ever. Plus, breakups suck, no matter who are. The question now is: Who rebounds first, and will it be contentious? Our money is on Demi in a very public hook-up spree that's brimming with spite. We hear Justin Bieber might be available soon, Demi!
... Community gets pulled from NBC's schedule, freak-outs ensue
It's hard to swallow Whitney staying on the schedule and Community going bye-bye for now, but the internet firestorm it created may have been a bit overboard. Tim admits he got pretty heated over NBC's decision to keep our favorite community college comedy off the air in early 2012, but he's since calmed down. It's okay to be mad that it's not going to be on in January, but all of Season 3 will be produced and will air. If it gets to the point where NBC backtracks and Annie never returns, then we'll burn down Peacock HQ and Tim will bring the gasoline. But until then, we have to accept the business decision even if we don't like it.
TWO more seasons of Dexter?
Showtime didn't just renew the serial-killer drama for one season, it renewed it for TWO. Could they please be six episodes each? Skip the midseason filler, please, Dexter writers.
We love oranges. They prevent scurvy and are a key ingredient in mimosas. But there's one orange we can't stand: THE ANNOYING ORANGE! The incredibly annoying and somehow popular web series is going to become a cartoon on Cartoon Network. God save us all.
Regis is officially gone
He got us going in the morning with his infectious energy. He talked to Snooki about smushing. He repeatedly asked us if we wanted to be millionaires. Should we be sad? Yeah, we should. Good luck, Reeeeeeeg!
What made your list of TV loves and hates this week?
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